Bayern Munich believe Real Madrid’s interest in signing Serge Gnabry this summer is complicating their attempts to get the former Arsenal winger to renew his contract.

MAINZ, GERMANY - APRIL 30:  Serge Gnabry of Bayern in action during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern München at Opel Arena on April 30, 2022 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
MAINZ, GERMANY – APRIL 30: Serge Gnabry of Bayern in action during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern München at Opel Arena on April 30, 2022 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Serge Gnabry is out of contract next summer and, despite their best efforts, he has not been impressed with Bayern Munich’s new deal.

Two weeks ago, Kicker (via GGFN) reported that contract negotiations between Gnabry and Bayern Munich have been stalled for some time and the winger is now unlikely to sign an extension beyond 2023.

Bayern reportedly aren’t willing to meet the winger’s demands to be paid a similar amount to Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane, so Gnabry is no longer thinking about extending.

“We try to offer everyone the best, but we also have limits,” Bayern Munich’s sports director, Hasan Salihamidzic said.

“We have had many conversations and we will have more. I like Serge a lot, the boy is great, and I would be happy if he stayed, but right now everything is up in the air.”

With 17 goals and 10 assists in 44 games this season, Gnabry will not be short of suitors this summer. Real Madrid, Juventus and several unnamed Premier League clubs are all said to be interested.

If Arsenal are one of the Premier League clubs after Gnabry, their formation involves wide forwards with overlapping full-backs, rather than out-and-out wingers.

So they could offer him more of a central role.

Whatever happens, this is certainly a story to keep an eye on this summer.

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